Galing Foundation, Inc.

is a non profit 501 (c) 3 tax exempt charitable organization registered in the State of Georgia







GFI assists in providing quality educational resources to underserved public schools, libraries and day care centers.




Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Annoucement: 2013 Youth Leader Nominees and Selection Committee Members


 
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On its 7th year, Galing Foundation, Inc. in partnership with the Philippine Honorary Consulate General in Atlanta congratulates Je'an Francis Cantilang of Locust Grove, GA and James Tierra of Lawrenceville, GA as the 2013 Youth Leader Nominees. 
 
The Youth Leadership Award initiative aims to promote academic excellence, volunteerism and active engagement among the youth of the Filipino Americans in Georgia for the benefit of their communities and beyond.

 
The 2013 YLA Selection Committee Members are James McSweeney (Special Assist, US Presidential Libraries), Maryann Moriles (Nurse, Neonatal ICS at Southern Regional Medical Center) and Myles Villoria (Project Leader Employee Services at Delta Airlines).                                         
    
The Youth Leadership Award and Volunteer Appreciation ceremony will be held in January 2014
(details to follow).  http://galingfoundation.blogspot.com.  Contact Ana Blackburn, Program Director 404-925-2639 or AnafelBlackburn@yahoo.com
 

Friday, December 13, 2013

LDERA Program: GFI ships box nos. 228 & 229 for Mindanao Outreach







December 13, 2013

Roswell, GA - GFI ships box nos. 228 and 229 (invoice no. 7492 via TFC/Jay Suarez's cargo shipping).  The boxes full of quality educational materials were donated by Myleene Santana, Grace Abalos, Marilou Arnold and members of Cross of Life Lutheran Church to benefit LDERA (Library Development and Educational Assistance) program recipients in Mindanao namely: Amado M. Quirit High School and Lamlifew Elementary School. 

Click here to learn about the 2013-2017 LDERA Program recipients.

GFI thanks all of their generous donors and partners for their continued support for the children of the Philippines. 

Civic & Youth Program: GFI board, youth leader and partners meet and greet with Georgia Governor



December 9, 2013

Georgia State Capitol- The board of Galing Foundation, Inc. and partners visits the State of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal in recognition of the Youth Leadership Program. 

In photo (left to right): Ana Blackburn (Program Director), Sgt. Von Doromal, James McSweeney (2013 YLA Selection Committee Member), Mary Anne Stachowiak, (Board Member), Janice Alcalde (2008 YLA recipient), Marilyn Doromal (NaFFAA R4 chair), Governor Nathan Deal, Bernard Turner (volunteer), Arjho Turner (Mindanao Outreach Director) with daughter Hannah Turner, Jane Rolen (Advisor) and Toni D. Luetgers (Exec. Director)

Now on its 7th year, the Youth Leadership program was initiated in partnership with the office of the Philippine Honorary Consulate General in Atlanta to promote academic excellence as well as the importance of volunteerism, active engagement and commitment among the youth, in charitable organizations that benefits the community and beyond.   

 
The Former Honorees: 
2012 – Camille Mapua (H.S.) of Woodstock, GA & Shereen Ragheb (M.S.) of Atlanta, GA
2011 – Kimberly Moriles,
2010  - Jordan Alexandar Moratin of Grayson, GA
2009 – Joanne Kelly Utt of Senoia, GA
2008 -  Janice Alcalde of Chamblee, GA
2007 – Omar Ragheb of Atlanta, GA 

Special thanks to presenter Ms. Brianne Drake,  2013 President of Metro South Association of Realtors, a Keller Williams Atlanta Partner http://briannedrake.kwrealty.com/

Fernbank's Winter Wonderland features the 2013 Philippine Christmas Tree designed by Isa Thompson









Winter Wonderland features a Philippine Christmas Tree designed by Isa Thompson

From November 22, 2013 through January 5, 2014, visit the Fernbank Museum to celebrate and experience holiday traditions from the Philippines and all around the world.


About the Philippine Christmas Tree
Simbang Gabi (Dawn Mass) is celebrated throughout the Philippines from December 16-25.  Catholic churches across the country open doors before daybreak for special Mass services.  Five pointed star lantern (parol) adorned as tree topper and around the tree symbolizes the Star of Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus Christ.  Originally illuminated by candles, parol lights the path of those attending in areas before there was electricity.

About the Designer
Isa Thompson is the owner of Your Flowers by Isabel.  Her passion for flowers was realized in her own wedding in the Philippines.  With a Masters in Business Management from AIM (Asian Institute of Management-Harvard Affiliate, Manila, Philippines), she runs the company with the loving support of her husband. 

"Christmas in the Philippines is a celebration of the  birth of the future King of Kings through a cultural depiction of the Star of Bethlehem (Parol) and the Nativity Scene (Handcarved Frame). Furthermore, the ingenuity of the Filipinos is best demonstrated through the use of  abundant resources  such as "Capiz", "Burlap", Twigs and Branches in creating unique tree ornaments." - I. Thompson
 
To learn more about the 2013 Philippine Tree designer, please visit Your Flowers by Isabel
 
Many thanks to Fernbank Museum, The Philippine Honorary Consulate General, Isa Thompson, Reina Pantaleon, GFI volunteers and supporters of the Winter Wonderland 2013 Exhibition.

The Philippine Christmas Tree at Fernbank's Winter Wonderland project is under the GFI Community Partnership Program made possible through the Office of the Philippine Honorary Consulate General in Atlanta. 

For information, please email: galingfoundation@yahoo.com







LDERA Program: November Newsletter from Cornerstone Baptist Deaf Academy

 
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December 13, 2013

Roswell, GA - GFI receives a copy of the November 2013 newsletter from Cornerstone Baptist Deaf Academy, an LDERA (Library Development and Educational Resource Assistance) program recipient.

Highlights of CBDA's accomplishments are:
  • Approval of permit from the Department of Education to operate serving grades 7th, 8th and 9th for school year 2014-2015.
  • Deaf students have been introduced to basic, functional and general literacy and development.
  • Acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior in the lives of Christian Sampang, Ton Ton & Malou Velez.
Many thanks to Dr. Carolina Woodley, School Administrator, Cornerstone Baptist Deaf Academy and all supporters for the incredible partnership focused on serving the deaf community in Tarlac, Philippines. 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

GFI box no. 227 is shipped to the Philippines to benefit Mindanao

November 1, 2013

Roswell, GA - Kris Penaflorida of J. Suarez's shipping company assists Galing Foundation, Inc. of shipping balikbayan box  no. 227 (TFC invoice no. 7471) full educational materials to benefit the children of Mindanao.

GFI acknowledges contributions from members of Cross of Life Lutheran Church in Roswell, Everett & Gilda Yeckley, Ana Lea Beach, Atty. Mai Hecht and some anonymous donors.  

Friday, October 18, 2013

GFI participates at CPACS annual TEA Walk

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, GFI directors Ana Blackburn and Mary Anne Stachowiak participates at CPACS' (Center for Pan Asian Community Services) annual TEA (Together Empowering Asian Americans) walk.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

GFI announces the 7th Youth Leadership Award nomination process

2012 Youth Leader Honorees: Shereen Ragheb, Van Tierra, Lee Wilkes II, Scott Luetgers (GFI president), Camille Mapua, PHCG Ray Donato & Ana Blackburn (GFI program director)

"The Joy of Giving", the 7TH YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARD

September 27, 2013 – McDonough, GA

The board of Galing Foundation Inc. in partnership with the Office of the Philippine Honorary Consulate General in Atlanta announces the nomination process for its 7th Youth Leadership Award.
This year’s two awardees will come from a Middle School and a High School.  The YLA (Youth Leadership Award) was created and organized to promote academic excellence as well as the importance of voluntarism, active engagement and commitment among the youth, in charitable organizations that benefits the community and beyond for a common good.

 
The Former Youth Leader Honorees:
2012 – Camille Mapua (H.S.) of Woodstock, GA
Shereen Ragheb (M.S.) of Atlanta, GA
2011 – Kimberly Moriles of Jonesboro, GA
2010 - Jordan Alexandar Moratin of Grayson, GA
2009 – Joanne Kelly Utt of Senoia, GA
2008 - Janice Alcalde of Chamblee, GA
2007 – Omar Ragheb of Atlanta, GA

"The more you work, study and develop your ability to contribute more to the lives and well-being of others, the better life you will have in all areas". - Brian Tracy, Motivational Speaker, Author.

"Join us in honoring our very own youth leaders". - Ana Blackburn, Program Director

To receive nomination forms, sponsor or for more information, please call 404-925-2639 or email anafelblackburn@yahoo.com.  Visit us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Galingfoundation


 




 
 
 Galing Foundation, Inc. Youth Leadership Award 2013 Program is presented by:
 
 
Brianne Drake, REALTOR, CDPE
2013 President of Metro South Association of REALTORS
Keller Williams Atlanta Partners


Monday, October 07, 2013

GFI ships box nos. 225 & 226 to the Philippines



 
Sept. 19, 2013 Roswell, GA
 
Galing Foundation, Inc. ships box nos. 225 (tracking no. 7417) benefiting CBDA of Tarlac & 226 (tracking no. 7418) benefiting Mindanao Outreach via Jay Suarez's shipping company (TFC of Rockville, MD) full of new and gently used educational supplies donated by members of Cross of Life Lutheran Church, Queen of Angels Catholic School and Ronet Lubaton Hathcock.
 
Special thanks to Ms. Sue Edris of North Roswell Elementary School and Sandy Spaeth & Ms. Smith of Queen of Angels for their continued support.
 
 
 
 





Notes by CBDA at GFI's 27th Board Meeting


(In photo: Turner, Luetgers, Rolen, Blackburn, Stochowiak & Agapito)

September 27, 2013 - Vinings, GA




Introduction:  “What is the deaf, and what is reading to them?” The report would seem to tell the story of the journey of CBDA from a mission school to what it is right now.  In between the numbers and facts are stories about individuals (‘faceless’ individuals in the Philippines and here at Galing) who believe in the education of children (in our case with special needs) and that perhaps even a single year in education, especially for the deaf, would make a big difference.

 

27 September 2013: GALING FOUNDATION MEETING

 

A.     Personal:  Gratitude and acknowledgement for the invitation

B.     Greetings from the Philippines:  CBDA

I.                 March 31st received an email of the First Shipment of book donations

Received the shipments in April

Significance of the timeliness of the books:  Assessment of the Academic Year 2012-2013 as CBDA’s first year of recognition by the Department of Education – The Government Recognition means that CBDA has passed all qualification requirements to teach Pre-school and Grades 1-6. “Permit and Recognition”

Needs:  LANGUAGE and COMMUNICATION 1) English – correct sentence structure (SEE vs ASL); 2) Filipino – basic Filipino words (goal: to appreciate their identity, culture, and history); SIGN LANGUAGE – meaning of words; recognition and spelling; CULTURE and HISTORY;

II.               May received second email of the Second Shipment of book donations

Received shipments in June; coincided with other donations here from Georgia (Cornerstone and anonymous individuals: Please see The Woodley Mission Newsletter sent to Galing)

Significance of the timeliness of the books:  Assessment of the Academic Year 2013-2014 (The second academic year of CBDA as a recognized educational institution of Deped)

1)      Developments achieved in terms of literacy competencies – response to the “gaps” identified in the summer assessment a year prior [Read “General Literacies”]

2)      New needs identified:  1) lack of textbooks, 2) attention span of new students, 3) parent cooperation (follow-up at home)

3)      New goals (geared to utilize books from GALING):  Subject-Book Reading Classroom Activity Goals – answers the lack of textbook and short attention span of the deaf by using “visuals”, “story-telling (picture books)”, and introduce reading appreciation to students

III.              Accomplishments of CBDA

1)      Mission goal

2)      Social goal:  a) educate the deaf, b) promote awareness of deaf needs

IV.              The New Challenges of CBDA Today

1)      Combined Curriculum

NOTE:  It should be noted that the permit and recognition given to CBDA is for a regular hearing school. This means CBDA adopts the curriculum for the hearing and teaches that to the deaf with special awareness of the level of the deaf students. It becomes a challenge to reconcile the gaps and competencies for the two “clients”/”needs”:  Science, Math, English, Filipino, Sibika/Hekasi, MAPE/TLE; Sign Language, Bible, and Livelihood Skills

2)      Physical requirements:

from a mission school to a recognized institution:  a) yearly renewal of permit and b) maintenance of qualifications (building, number of students)

3)      Funds and sponsorships:  a) dwindling of sponsorships b) One-Sponsor, All Children Benefitted – a move to fiscalize minimal funds

 

ACTUAL MEETING NOTES:

1.      $490 /3 – for actual “needs” request from the 3 GFI beneficiaries.

2.      NOTED SUGGESTION: “ubiduo” machine (for translating or facilitating communication between a deaf/hard of hearing and a hearing person).

CBDA: ACADEMIC ASSESSMENT REPORT: 2012-2013 GENERAL LITERACIES & COMPETENCIES


ACADEMIC ASSESSMENT REPORT:  2012-2013 GENERAL LITERACIES & COMPETENCIES

 

GENERAL LITERACY (General Knowledge and Functional Literacy)

Language

1.      The students can read and understand instructions in both English and Filipino.

2.      The students possess a working knowledge of basic expressions in English and understand their value to communication and human relationships.

Reading and Comprehension

3.      The students (Grades 1-7) can identify sight words (articles, linking or be verbs, prepositions) in simple writing in English.

4.      The students (Grades 3-7) can identify key words (noun, adjectives, adverbs) in simple writing in English and Filipino.

5.      The students (Grades 3-7) are familiar with the structure of Short Stories and are able to tell their own stories.

Math (NOTE:  Most applicable for higher grade levels)

6.      The students have a functional understanding of the basic operations in Math in everyday life.

7.      The students can tell time and understand the value of this knowledge to everyday life.

8.      The students can count money and knows its value to everyday transactions.

9.      The students are familiar with the calendar (days of the week and months of the year) and understand the importance of this knowledge to everyday life.

Science

10.   The students can grasp the fundamental natural processes (weather/climate, marine and land ecosystem, forms of energy, properties of resources like water, minerals, forest products, animals, etc.) at work in their environment.

11.   The students are aware of the importance of their role in preserving and protecting their natural environment.

Social Studies (Makabayan)

12.   The students are aware of their Filipino identity and their role as youth in society.

13.   The students are aware of their country’s rich history, customs, practices and beliefs.

14.   The students are aware of the importance of social and current events and its direct or indirect relationship to their immediate community.

15.   The students are aware of their rights as deaf, youth, and Filipino.

16.   The students are aware of the value of relationships to their family, friends and community and how these will help them develop and grow as an individual.

Home Arts and PE (MAPE, EPP/TLE)

17.   The students are aware of the importance of health, good hygiene and personal development to a happy and successful living.

18.   The students are aware of their own talents and their potential development to benefit their future.

19.   The students possess creative arts (Grades 1-4) and technical livelihood skills (Grades 5-7).

Values and Bible

20.   The students are aware of the importance of the positive values of discovery, self-confidence, creativity, perseverance, honesty, discipline, respect for others and cooperation and what these values can bring for them and their immediate community in the future.

21.   The students have an understanding of the Biblical creator and the importance of having a personal relationship with Him through Jesus Christ.

22.   The students (Grades 3-7) know the books of the Holy Bible and stories told in the scriptures.

23.   The students possess an elementary understanding of selected Biblical passages.

A Letter to GFI from Cornerstone Baptist Deaf Academy


October 1, 2013
via email
 
Dear Ms. Toni and Board Members,

My heartfelt gratitude for extending help to our deaf students through the books you have given us.  Although we were not expecting too much, the Lord has been good to us with the two shipments you have sent. (It turned out to be a book-day celebration!) 
 
Please be sure that we value this partnership in educating our deaf and in promoting their cause.  I also thank you for inviting Chito Agapito to your recent board meeting. I consider it yet another warm gesture notable of your group (foundation). I just wish I was there to have listened, responded and laughed with you all. By God’s grace, I look forward to greet you personally this December.  

Chito presented to me the matters taken up on your meeting, and again I thank you for including our school on your latest project of providing electronic gadgets relevant to education. As much as that is a “tempting” opportunity, it would rather be fair for us to say that another good Samaritan has awarded our school with a printer and some livelihood materials for baking. So we thought that the new funds might instead benefit other schools or libraries that need new electronic equipment. Not to mention, Chito has also donated her used monitor and laptop to our school before she left. Being a small population, we honestly thought this would be sufficient for our operations for now.

Having said this, we would also like to let you know that the flurry of books you have sent us would be sure to serve our academic intervention goals for the next two years. Kindly understand that we are not refusing the blessings of more shipments from your end, but we also thought that the next boxes might benefit more schools.  Your thoughts on that we of course respect. As of the moment, our students are in the pre-reading and beginner reader’s level. Perhaps it would take a considerable period of time to develop our deaf students from beginning to dependent to independent reading.  The books that you have given would provide good intervention for two years or so.  Although it should be noted that reading really is a high literacy skill, and that our teachers are integrating the use of books in their selected subjects.

The classroom library and subject-reading integration program has just been started by our teachers. We hope to come up with the earliest assessment by the end of the third grading period. In the meantime, we are furnishing you with a copy of the General Literacy and Competencies Assessment Report as of Summer 2012-2013, which Chito has already presented to you. Attached is also a copy of the presentation Chito has made regarding CBDA’s accomplishments and new challenges.

On behalf of all the students, teachers and parents of CBDA, thank you and more power!


Yours truly,

 

Carol

 

 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Thank You Notes and Photos from Cornerstone Baptist Deaf Academy




A Thank You Letter from Cornerstone Baptist Deaf Academy

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June 7, 2013

Cornerstone Baptist Deaf Academy expresses their sincere appreciation to all their donors including those of Galing Foundation, Inc.

""As missionaries we have understood and communicated the needs of the disadvantaged and less recognized peoples from all over the world like the deaf.  It is our utmost desire to educate and win them to Christ." - Carolina Woodley, CBDA School Administrator

GFI box nos. 221-224 to benefit Tarlac and Mindanao






August 16, 2013

Roswell, GA

Galing Foundation, Inc. ships box nos. 221, 222, 223 & 224 full of educational materials (via Jay Suarez balikbayan box service tracking no. 7154) to benefit: 

  • Cornerstone Baptist Deaf Academy in Tarlac 
  • Limelifew Elementary School and
  • Amando M. Quirit, Sr. National High School in Sarangani Province in Mindanao. 
 
A big thank you to:
 
  • Alfred Yin of OCA
  • Shonda Duke of Wesleyan School
  • Atty. Mai P. Hecht
  • Sue Edris and Roswell North Elementary School
  • Cross of Life Lutheran Church for funding its shipment
To track this shipment, contact TFC (240) 388-5443.
 
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GFI Box No. 220 to benefit children of Mindanao



June 12, 2013

Roswell, GA

Galing Foundation, Inc. ships box no. 220 (via Jay Suarez balikbayan service tracking no. 7103) full of educational resources donated  by members of Cross of Life Lutheran Church in Roswell to benefit Filipino children through its outreach in Mindanao.  Among its assisted schools are:

  • Limelifew Elementary School and
  • Amando M. Quirit, Sr. National High School in Sarangani Province in Mindanao

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    GFI box no. 219 to benefit Cornerstone Baptist Deaf Academy in Tarlac

     


    June 9, 2013

    Galing Foundation, Inc. ships box no. 219 via Jay Suarez Balikbayan Box service full of educational resources to benefit Cornerstone Baptist Deaf Academy in Tarlac. 

    GFI acknowledges donations from members of Cross of Life Lutheran Church and Ms. Sue Edris of Roswell North Elementary School. 

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    Friday, May 31, 2013

    GFI ships donation to benefit Cornerstone Baptist Deaf Academy in Tarlac


    GFI volunteers Melissa & Lauren Luetgers
     
     
    May 29, 2013 Roswell, GA
     
    GFI volunteers ships children's books and school supplies to benefit Cornerstone Baptist Deaf Academy in Tarlac.  GFI box nos. (215 & 216) contains donations from Queen of Angels Catholic School.
     
     
    Special thanks to Ms. Sandy Spaeth of Queen of Angels and to members of Cross of Life Lutheran Church for the continued support.  
     
    

    GFI receives donation from Queen of Angels Catholic School to benefit Children in Tarlac and Sarangani

    Lauren & Melissa Luetgers

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    May 29, 2013 Roswell, GA - Galing Foundation, Inc. volunteers helped in packing books and school supplies donated by Queen of Angels Catholic School.  7 GFI boxes (nos. 208-214) full of educational materials  have been shipped to the Philippines to:
     
    • Cornerstone Baptist Deaf Academy in Tarlac 
    • Limelifew Elementary School and
    • Amando M. Quirit, Sr. National High School in Sarangani Province in Mindanao. 
     
    A big thank you to:
     
    • Queen of Angels for its donation of educational resource materials
    • Cross of Life Lutheran Church for funding its shipment
    To track this shipment, contact North Carolina Shipping Office at 980 254-5769.

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

    GFI seeks volunteers to help pack and ship donations by Queen of Angels Catholic School in Roswell






    Galing Foundation, Inc. seeks volunteers to help (on Wednesday, May 29 from 9am-12nn) pack and ship donations by Queen of Angels Catholic School in Roswell.  These donations will be shipped to its LDERA 2013-2017 designated recipients:
    • Cornerstone Baptist Deaf Academy of Tarlac c/o Ms. Chito Agapito
    • Limelifew Elementary School in Sarangani Province (Mindanao) c/o Jocelyn Robles
    • Amado M. Quirit Sr. National High School in Sarangani Province (Mindanao) c/o Jocelyn Robles
    Queen of Angles is located at 11340 Woodstock Road Roswell, GA 30075. 
     
     
     

    Friday, April 05, 2013

    GFI balikbayan box no. 207 full of books and school supplies are shipped to GFI Mindanao

     
     
    Kate & Dillon donates new and gently used books, school supplies and educational toys to Filipino children in Mindanao
     
     
     
     
     
    Anthony & Melissa loads GFI box no. 207


     
    April 5, 2013
     
    Roswell, GA - Galing Foundation, Inc. ships box no. 207 (Invoice no. GA-01) containing books, school supplies and educational toys to benefit Filipino children of Limelifew Elementary School and Amando M. Quirit, Sr. National High School in Sarangani Province in Mindanao. 
     
    A big thank you to:
     
    • Cross of Life Lutheran Church for funding its shipment
    • Friends of Roswell Library and to the Santana Family for the generous in-kind donation. 
    • Jay Suarez & Co.  TFC (The Filipino Cargo International LLC) for serving as GFI's logistics partner
    To track this shipment, contact North Carolina Shipping Office at 980 254-5769.
     
     

    Monday, April 01, 2013

    World Book Encyclopedia, reading books and school supplies are shipped to GFI LDERA schools

     
     
    Friday, March 29, 2013
     
    Galing Foundation, Inc. ships World Book Encyclopedia 2010 & 2011, variety of reading books, dictionaries and school supplies to benefit Filipino children of:
    • Cornerstone Baptist Deaf Academy of Tarlac c/o Ms. Chito Agapito
    • Limelifew Elementary School in Sarangani Province (Mindanao) c/o Jocelyn Robles
    • Amado M. Quirit Sr. National High School in Sarangani Province (Mindanao) c/o Jocelyn Robles
    In-kind donations are shipped via Villamayor Freight Forwarders invoice nos. 11980 (GFI box 206) and 11981 (GFI box 205) through Jay Suarez's company.  For tracking information, please visit www.trackyourbox.com.
     
    The Galing Foundation, Inc. wish to thank the continued support of Friends of Roswell Library, Northwest Phil-Am and Cross of Life Lutheran Church. 
    

    Thursday, March 28, 2013

    The Filipino American Experience Honoring Women of NaFFAA



    The Federation of Filipino-American Organizations of Georgia in cooperation with Galing Foundation, Inc. proudly presents "The Filipino American Experience", honoring the
    women behind NaFFAA on Saturday, May 18 (6:30 cocktails, 7:00pm dinner) at the Westin Hotel Atlanta Airport (4736 Best Road Atlanta, GA 30337).  NaFFAA (National Federation of Filipino-American Associations), the organization recognized by Washington policy makers, private industry and national advocacy groups as the Voice of Filipinos and Filipino-Americans in the U.S. 
     
    "The FFAOG Gala night will showcase heroes of our time with an awarding ceremony fitting to
    current day community volunteers and advocates.  America was founded by immigrants. Our heroism and valiant service must be brought to the table of American stage. It has to be nurtured and sustained  with an unparalleled height. This GALA aims to gather leaders of the south with eight
    component states all in celebration- a privilege and an opportunity to bond together as one." - M. Doromal, chair of NaFFAA Region 4 and FFAOG.
     
    FFAOG GALA NIGHT will feature:
     
    • Keynote by: Loida Nicolas Lewis, Chair & CEO of TLC Beatrice International, National Chair of US Pinoy for Good Governance, former Chair of NaFFAA
    • Commissioner Rozita Villanueva Lee, White House Initiative on AAPI
    • Dr, Joy Bruce, founder of NANAY Inc. 
    • Aurora S. Cudal, PhD, San Diego County California's Woman Hall of Fame Awardee 

    Live entertainment by:
    • Dr. Vickie Navarra, a modern culture-changer  from  medical missionary  to one of her well loved gift of singing, will render a Filipino classic "Mutya Ng Pasig",  the Essence of a Filipino Woman. 
    • Ms. Zennie Doria Mendoza, a composer and music director, South Carolina NaFFAA State Chair will perform on the keyboard showcasing her passion and virtuosity for music.    
     
    FFAOG GALA promises a powerhouse of modern community leaders who are relentless in making a difference in the lives of the Filipino people from their homeland and in America. 

    Join the Filipino-American heroes of today and be empowered to make a bolder contribution for tomorrow. 
     
    Saturday, May 18,2013 : 6:30 Cash Bar, 7:00pm DINNER
    Contacts: Marilyn Doromal - Gen. Info kmtlc2000@aol.com   706-685-4484
    Betty N. Poole - Dinner Donation-$45.00 bettynpoole@aol.com 404.434.6107
    Mailing Address: 1321 Greenfield Way , Lawrenceville GA 30043                           

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

    A big thank you to Northwest Philam



    March 24 - The Northwest Philam headed by May Kinnunen, founded by Esther Wilson hosted its annual Easter Egg Hunt picnic and Galing Foundation, Inc. book drive.  Despite the weather, many families with their small children showed up for the Easter Egg Hunt, games and the delicious home cooked Filipino dishes.  Friends and families of NW Philam donated several new and gently used children's books, dictionaries and school supplies to benefit Filipino students of Cornerstone Baptist Deaf Academy in Tarlac, Limelifew Elementary School and Amado M. Quirit Sr. National High School in Sarangani Province (Mindanao). 


    To learn more about the GFI LDERA (Library Development & Education Resource Assistance) 2013-2017 recipients, please visit:
    http://galingfoundation.blogspot.com/2013/02/feb-19-2013-gfi-board-announces-ldera.html
     

    Search is on for the 2013 Delegates to the Filipino American Youth Leadership Program (FYLPro) in the Philippines

    15 March 2013, Washington, D.C. – Philippine Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. is pleased to announce the search for the second batch of outstanding young Filipino Americans (aged 18 to 40), who will be tapped as future leaders of their Filipino-American communities and advocacies. The involvement of these emerging leaders in the Filipino-American community is expected to further add vibrancy and dynamism to the development of the Philippines and to the Filipino-American community in the United States.

    The second Filipino American Youth Leadership Program or FYLPro (known last year by the acronym “FAYLP”) will build on the success of the first-ever program held from July 13 to 16, 2012.  Last year’s program yielded a remarkable batch of young Filipino-Americans who continue to embark on different advocacies to help promote further progress in the Philippines and to further engage the multi-faceted Filipino-American community.  The first batch of delegates have gone to undertake, among others, political advocacy initiatives, cultural and tourism promotion programs, social entrepreneurship activities, education innovations, Filipino-American heritage projects, voter awareness and education, and have even launched political campaigns of their own.

    In partnership with the Ayala Foundation Inc. (AFI), this year’s edition of the FYLPro hopes to attract more young Filipino-American leaders who we hope will be among the movers and shakers among the emerging generation of Filipino-Americans.  Program sponsors shall fund the bulk of the cost of the participants’ airfare, local transportation and accommodations.

    Among the qualifications for the outstanding Filipino American achievers and leaders are the applicant’s scholastic achievements and other accolades, leadership skills,  accomplishments, active involvement in school,  civic, political, business and other organizations as well as their vision, innovativeness and commitment to making a difference in the Philippines and within the Filipino-American community.

    The chosen delegates will take part in an immersive program in the Philippines from July 7 to 9, 2013 and will likewise participate in the 8th Ambassadors, Consuls General and Tourism Directors Tour (ACGTDT) from July 9 to 11, 2013.  The special FYLPro program will afford them the opportunity to meet and dialogue with the highest officials and policymakers in the Philippines, leaders of industry, legislators, media, artists and cultural experts, entrepreneurs both traditional and social, as well as innovators in different fields.

    Applicants should be no younger than 18 years old or no older than 40 years old by July 1, 2013. They should be ready to travel by this date (i.e. have a valid passport for international travel).  The chosen participants are expected to commit time, skills, and resources to engage with the Philippine Foreign Service posts in the United States in ways which would advance the causes and interest of Filipinos and Filipino-Americans.

    The application form for the search may be accessed at the following link, http://www.philippineembassy-usa.org/uploads/pdfs/embassy/2013/2013-0315-FYLPro.docx, or interested parties may contact the Philippine Foreign Service post in the U.S., which has jurisdiction over their place of residence.  The deadline for submission of applications is April 30, 2013. The names of the chosen delegates will be announced on the website of the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C., www.philipineembassy-usa.org, on May 15, 2013.  END

    Monday, March 18, 2013

    "Discovering the Filipino-American Experience" at the National Archives at Atlanta on May 18, 2013


    On May 18, 2013, the Asian Pacific American Historical Society (APAHS) in partnership with the National Archives at Atlanta (NARA) and the Philippine Honorary Consul General will celebrate the annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, with this year’s theme “Discovering the Filipino-American Experience.”  The National Federation of Filipino American Associations Region 4 and the Galing Foundation, Inc. are co-sponsors of the event. The opening ceremony starts at 9 a.m. and the symposium lasts from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

    The symposium will feature an oral history of the earliest known settlers from the Philippines, Filipino American healthcare professionals, military veterans and current-day community leaders. The speakers will highlight their journey to American citizenship and their contributions to the region and to their respective fields. Philippine folk dancers will perform at the amphitheater at noon. The exhibit at NARA will display Filipino arts and cultural heritage at the gallery during the event and throughout the entire month of May. StoryCorps Atlanta will be on-site to record oral histories of community members, which will be preserved at the American Folklife Center at the U.S. Library of Congress and Asian Pacific American Historical Society.  There will be children’s activities including a Filipino language class, indigenous games and story-telling. Traditional Filipino food will be available for a suggested donation.

    The program will be attended by White House Presidential Advisory Commissioner on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Rozita Villanueva Lee, Mayor J.B. Burke of Morrow, Ret. Gen. Delfin Lorenzana, head of Veterans Affairs at the Philippine Embassy, Scott Levins of the National Personnel Records Center, and Rudy Asercion of the War Veterans Memorial Commission.  Invited guests include the 12th President of the Philippines H.E. Fidel V. Ramos, H.E. Ambassador Jose Cuisia, Jr., the ambassador of the Philippines to the United States, and noted Asian community leaders.

    The event also celebrates a partnership between NARA and APAHS. Tricia Sung, the APAHS founder and executive director says, “Our mission is to document, preserve and educate the public about Asian Pacific American history in the U.S. South.” According to James McSweeney of NARA, "All ethnic groups have unique stories of triumph, tragedy and surprise relating to their family history and individual journeys to citizenship.” With over three million Filipino-Americans in the US and from that, over ten percent in the Southeast region, Philippine Honorary Consul General Raoul Donato, the honorary chair of this event, describes the event as, “a unique opportunity for the public to learn more about the history of the Filipino-American migration specifically in the U.S. Southeast.” 

    The National Archives at Atlanta is located at 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow Georgia 30260.  For registration and more information, visit   www.filamexperience.com or the event’s Facebook group page  https://www.facebook.com/groups/filamexperience or send an email to   discoverfilamexperience@gmail.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .